All you need to know about a website

A Website is a related collection of World Wide Web (WWW) files that includes a beginning file called a home page. A company or an individual tells you how to get to their Web site by giving you the address of their home page. From the home page, you can get to all the other pages on their site. For example, the Web site for IBM has the home page address of http://www.ibm.com. (The home page address actually includes a specific file name like index.html but, as in IBM’s case, when a standard default name is set up, users don’t have to enter the file name.) IBM’s home page address leads to thousands of pages. (But a Web site can also be just a few pages or only one.)

Since site implies a geographic place, a Web site can be confused with a Web server. A server is a computer that holds the files for one or more sites. A very large Web site may be spread over a number of servers in different geographic locations. IBM is a good example; its Web site consists of thousands of files spread out over many servers in world-wide locations. But a more typical example is probably the site you are looking at, whatis.com. We reside on a commercial space provider’s server with a number of other sites that have nothing to do with Internet glossaries.

A synonym and less frequently used term for Web site is “Web presence.” That term seems to better express the idea that a site is not tied to specific geographic location, but is “somewhere in cyberspace.” However, “Web site” seems to be used much more frequently.You can have multiple Web sites that cross-link to files on each others’ sites or even share the same files.

Why Do People Visit Websites?

Generally, people look at websites for two primary reasons:

1) To find information they need. This could be anything from a student looking for pictures of frogs for a school project, to finding the latest stock quotes, to getting the address of the nearest Thai restaurant.

2) To complete a task. Visitors may want to buy the latest best-seller, download a software program, or participate in an online discussion about a favorite hobby.

The main thing to remember in creating a website is that you’re not creating the website for you; you already know about the information or service you have to offer. You’re creating the site for your visitors, so it should contain the content they want, and be organized in a way that makes sense, even to an outsider.

Remember this: A website is a means of communication, and it is only successful when its message is received by the intended user.

If you decide to create your own web site and you’re not sure what you want with that, contact the right people who can help and answer on your questions and provide maximum support and service.